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8:09 am
Mon September 1, 2014

9/1/14 KNBA News - Proposal to close bear hunting on the Kenai draws opposition

A proposed temporary closure of brown bear hunting in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is drawing opposition. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say the population needs to recover after 168 brown bears, including 42 adult females, were killed in the last three years. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says fewer females were taken in the spring hunt thanks to new regulations allowing hunters to harvest brown bears at registered black bear bait stations on lands outside the Refuge, where open areas allow hunters to better identify the sex of the animal.

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Local News
7:45 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

8/29/15 - Gov. Parnell vetos bill that would have scrubbed records of those charged but unconvicted

Gov. Sean Parnell vetoed a bill that would have scrubbed Courtview - the state's onlne criminal records database - of any charge that did not result in a conviction. The Alaska Court system has adopted a rule that would wipe the records of any person who was arrested but not charged with a crime.

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Local News
5:21 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

8/28/14 KNBA News - Oral arguments end in appeal of illegal subsistence fishing convictions

Oral arguments have wrapped up in an appeal of the conviction of 13 Yup'ik Eskimo fishermen for illegally fishing for king salmon on the Kuskokwim River in 2012. A 3-judge panel of the Alaska Appeals Court will issue a future decision.

The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and the state of Alaska have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to foster a new level of communication and cooperation. The Governor's office calls it a first. The MOA calls for a review of issues and programs to identify opportunities for the two entities to work together.

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Local News
9:50 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

8/27/14 KNBA News - A man appeals to federal court to overturn being exiled by the Tanana tribe

William Walsh, age 61, is filing suit in federal court to overturn his exile from an Interior Alaska village of 240 people. The Tanana tribe banned him after two Alaska State Troopers were killed on May 1, 2014. Walsh was the leader of a small group that didn't recognize the state of Alaska's authority. He clashed with the tribal government as well. The Fairbanks Daily News Miner reports Walsh squatted on private and tribal lands, claiming ownership.

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Local News
6:46 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

8/26/14 KNBA News - Yup'ik religious rights vs. fish escapement case lands in appeals court

Today [Tuesday], the Alaska Court of Appeals in Anchorage will hear arguments about whether fishermen who fished during a closure were wrongfully convicted. In the summer of 2012, the number of Chinook, or king salmon, returning to the lower Kuskokwim River to spawn was low. Fishing for kings is integral to Yup'ik spirituality, however, so dozens of people fished in defiance of an emergency closure. Many were arrested, and thirteen decided to appeal their convictions.

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